Conjoined twin baby girls who were fused together at the head have been successfully separated after a grueling 24 hour operation.

Abigail Bachinskiy and her sibling Micaela, from Sacramento, California, are now no longer joined by their skulls, soft tissues and brain thanks to the intricate work of skilled surgeons last weekend.

Dr Michael Edwards said conjoined twins are an unusual enough occurrence – with fused siblings who can safely be separated even rarer still. He explained: ‘It’s a very, very rare anomaly.

‘There are very few children born in any one year worldwide that have this anomaly, and of those, there’s only a much smaller subset that the anatomy is fortuitous enough to be able to attempt a separation — and hopefully come out with two healthy babies.’

The girls’ parents Liliya Mirochnik and Anatoliy Bachinskiy, who also have three older children, discovered their twins were conjoined at an 11 week scan.



Liliya said she was supported through the initial shock of the diagnosis by her husband, She told WPBF: ‘It was very tough. I just was shocked. I couldn’t process.

‘When I got home my husband said that everything will be good. We will get through it. This is our kids. We already love them.’

‘I am still feeling like I am living someone else’s life and not mine.

‘It’s so crazy, I don’t even know how to describe to be honest. But I do know that we trust Lord in all of these situations. So, that brings me peace. But my other side, inside me, go crazy as a mother.’

Surgeons first began plotting to separate Abigal and Micaela in June, when they were five months old. They used sophisticated 3D scans and virtual reality equipment to try and understand the infants’ anatomy.

Doctors gave each girl a code color – purple and orange – and even performed a mock surgery on conjoined dolls.

The girls were given a tissue expansion procedure a month into preparation to ensure they had enough skin to cover the separation wound.

UC Davis Pediatric Surgeon Dr Granger Wong said the operation was ‘choreographed as much as a ballet’ – but added that there were still many unknowns that could have caused issues during surgery.

Abigail and Miceala appear to be recovering well from the operation, and will spend the next few weeks healing in intensive care3.

Their mom Liliya said: ‘It’s very new. No one knows how it’s going to end. Because it is very unique, and it all depends how they will go, what their bodies will go through. I have a feeling everything will be OK.

‘It’s all in God’s hands. It’s not even in doctor’s hands. That’s what I believe.’

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